Deadline to Submit Your Nomination Form is October 15
Now is the time for Clubs to nominate candidates for the very important positions of District Governor and Trustee. See the nomination details and nomination forms, below. We hope to hear from many Clubs because there are so many potential candidates among our members.


Nomination Process 101

By Pat and Skip Doyle

We spent the entire week undergoing training at the Zone 24/32 Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. With us at the Institute were District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager, Past District Governor Carol Toomey and District Membership Chair Satya Mitra. We will report more in more detail in next week's "Governor's Message."

Nomination Process for '19-'20 District Governor

Pat is very disturbed with the current lack of knowledge exhibited by voters concerning our election process. She feels this should not be the case for Rotarians in District 7910 when it comes to our process for choosing a District Governor. This has led us to develop a crash course: Nomination Process 101 District 7910.

An invitation is sent by August 15 each year to all clubs in the district to propose qualified candidates for District Governor Nominee, for 2018-2019. The invitation will outline the procedures to follow, the qualifications required and the necessary form to fill out. The deadline for receiving these nominations is October 15.
Regarding District Governor for '19-'20, all applicants must have served as a club president and have been in Rotary for a minimum of seven years.
The District Nominating Committee shall schedule and conduct interviews of the candidates proposed by the clubs. The committee may nominate additional candidates it feels would also fulfill the requirements. The committee submits its selection to the governor no later than December 1.
Further guidelines can be found on page 177 of the District Directory or in the District Resolutions.
It is a fundamental principle in Rotary that the best-qualified candidate should be selected for service in Rotary’s elective offices. Therefore, any effort to influence the selection process in either a positive or negative manner by campaigning, canvassing, electioneering or otherwise is prohibited under the Rotary International Bylaws.

District Governor and Trustee Nomination Time

Remember that even though the Nominating Committee can only choose one District Governor each year, all Past Presidents are eligible to be considered. We have met so many qualified Past Presidents as we visited Clubs, and as we say any one of you could be District Governor. Give it a try. The application deadline is this October 15.
More than likely, all of you are just as tired as we are about elections, voting and candidates. But this reminder is for all Rotarians. Now is the time for Clubs to nominate candidates for the very important positions of District Governor and Trustee. Please review the nomination details and nomination forms, below. We hope to hear from many Clubs because there are so many potential candidates among our members.
Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at pwdoyle2@verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively.


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Please join us in welcoming these new Rotarians to clubs in our District (alphabetical by last name):
  • Hollie Calderon, Westborough
  • Ray Donovan, Southborough
  • Thomas Gray, Fitchburg
  • Alan Herzog, Marlborough
  • Tracy LaFeur, Fitchburg
  • Bopha Malone, Bedford
  • Laura O'Callaghan, Milford
  • Harold Pinkham, Westborough
  • Jennifer Sanderson, Fitchburg


We share with you the results of club-membership growth in our district during Rotary year 2016-2017, which began July 1.
This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities.


In both Excel and PDF formats, we share with you the Club Planning Worksheet for Rotary year 2016-2017, which began on July 1.
Please enter your club information in the indicated cells.



Chris Spear, Nashoba Valley
Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
I decided to join Rotary to spend more time with my wife.


Governor Baker Hosted at Meet & Greet Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell,  Newton & Shrewsbury

To view these and other photos of this event, taken by Frank Sibley of Acton-Boxborough Rotary and Rich Prager of Worcester Rotary, click here.

To watch a video by Concord Rotarian Steve Kirk, which was played during this event, click here.


Left to right: Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco; Charles River Rotarian Jon Fetherston; Littleton Gino Frattalone Rotarian; Governor Charlie Baker; and Billerica Rotarian John Peterson.








Jim Fusco (left) informs Governor Baker (right) of the presence of Rotary in Massachusetts (158 clubs with 1,580 Rotarians), while Gino Frattalone (center) looks on.









Zone Institute in Winnipeg, Canada
Our District was well-represented at the Zone Institute in Winnipeg, Canada. The Institute included intensive training for our future District leaders.
Left to right: Assistant Governor Satya Mitra; District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney; District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle; District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager; and Past District Governor Carol Toomey.
Steering Committee Meets in Winnipeg
Your District Steering Committee, consisting of the District Governor, District Governor-Elect and District Governor-Nominee, meets monthly to guide your District. Last week, they took time out at the Zone Institute to hold their September meeting.
Left to right: DGs Skip and Pat Doyle; DGE Karin Gaffney; and DGN Steve Sager.
Our District Governor-Nominee with His DG Class of '18-'19
Left to right: Bill Tenant, District 7950; Bob Wood, D7930; Larry Gardner, D7980; Kate Sims, D7980; Larry Vars, D7850; Venu Rao, D7870; Jon LoBosco, D7780; and Steve Sager, D7910.


Women in Rotary: A Radio Interview
Boston Rotaract will host the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum this Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. READ MORE
Left to right: District  Governor Sheryl Meehan of District 7930; Boston Rotaract President Amy Collinsworth; and District Governor-Elect Dave Gardner of D7930.

Fitchburg Inducts Two Members
Left to right: Sponsor Corrine Braciska, who is president of Littleton Rotary, pins Tracy LaFeur as a new member, Jennifer Sanderson is pinned as a new member by club sponsor Bill Lakso, who is a board member of Fitchburg Rotary, and Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco watches

Auburn Congratulates Marcia Davis for Becoming A Paul Harris +1
Congratulations to Marcia Davis (left), current treasurer and immediate past president of Auburn Rotary, for being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow +1 pin. She is shown being pinned by  club President Steve Jones-D'Agostino.
To learn more about The Rotary Foundation's Recognition Pointsclick here.
To learn more about Auburn Rotaryclick here

District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar A Huge Success

Nearly 50 participants from 14 Rotary communities took part in a District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, which was held on Saturday, September 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham.
READ MORE (including links to Seminar videos and photos)

Framingham's Liz Kaprielian Awarded Bill Rabkin Volunteer of Year Award

Liz Kaprielian, a member of the Rotary Club of Framingham, was surprised when she was was awarded the Bill Rabkin Volunteer of the Year award at Access Framingham.

Bandey Hefler in Full Swing in England
Our District 7910 Bandey Hefler Fellowship Exchange has been in full swing and receiving rave reviews from all travelers and hosts. Shown, are American travelers Sze-Wen Kuo (fourth from right) and Mina and Paul Femino (first and second from right) enjoying lunch with their British hosts at the Lions Pub in London.

Sturbridge Participates in Day of Caring
For the seventh year, Sturbridge Rotary has participated in United Way's annual Day of Caring. Nine club members were part of the 130 volunteers working at 14 project sites.

Westborough Sponsors Down Syndrome Buddy Walk
One of Westborough Rotary's giving requests was to be a sponsor of the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk and Harvest Festival, which was held on Sunday, September 18. A group of Rotarians (shown here) participated in the walk and had a great time supporting a wonderful cause.

District Polio Team Visits Lowell Rotary
Carl Good III, chair of the District Polio Committee, and his polio team continue to visit clubs. Recently, he visited Lowell Rotary to spread the polio message. He learned that Lowell has the largest artist colony in the U.S. and that the Lowell club promised to discuss a polio event at their next board meeting. Thank you, Lowell!
If you would to join the polio team, just let Carl know at carlgood@yahoo.com or 978-273-7880.
Carl Good III (left) posing with Lowell President Maureen Couture.

Nashoba Valley Sponsors Razia's Ray Of Hope Event On October 27 - 'Celebrate 500 Tour' Features CNN Hero Razia Jan
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is proud to sponsor the local premiere of What Tomorrow Brings, event to benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope, on Thursday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Warn Hall of the Fenn School, located at 6 Monument St. in Concord.

President Elects Start Their Pre-PETS Training
District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney recently kicked off the training for presidents-elect at Concord Academy. Karin is shown motivating the PEs.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed As '16-'17 DGs
District 7910's 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held on June 24 through 26 at Fitchburg State University, ending with the installation of longtime RYLA supporters Pat and Skip Doyle as District Governors for 2016-2017. The three-day RYLA event was attended by 188 sophomores. To learn more about RYLA, visit ryla7910.org.
Click on the image, to view a video of the installation of Pat and Skip Doyle as '16-'17 DGs

District Leadership Meeting A Huge Success
How HUGE? So HUGE that another is planned for October 17!
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle held their Leadership Meeting on July 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. This is an annual event for which DGs bring their District leaders and committee chairs together to review the goals for the new Rotary year.
This, year the event was presented in a facilitated format. The results will be consolidated and sent to all attendees so that the District Goals for each committee can be set.

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your to use when you have an upcoming event or fundraiser. 
If you want to reserve one of the banners, please contact PR Chair Laura Spear at laura@spear.net.

On To Atlanta In 2017
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
More than 43,000 attendees left the Rotary International Convention in South Korea inspired to end polio for good, to celebrate The Rotary Foundation's centennial, and to champion changes that will help Rotary appeal to a broader audience.
On the last day, RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio. 
To read the story, click here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here


Wednesday, October 5: Boston Rotaract - 'Women in Rotary'

To buy tickets, click here.
To hear a 29-minute radio interview by Auburn Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino with Boston Rotaract President Amy Collinsworth, District 7930 Governor Sheryl Meehan and D7930 Governor-Elect David Gardner, which aired this Sunday, September 25 on 90.5 WICN, click here.

Friday, October 14: Montachusett Area Rotary - 'Comedy Night,' Knights of Columbus, Leominster
For tickets and information, contact club President Jennifer Peck at montachusettarearotary@gmail.com.

Saturday October 15: Franklin Rotary in conjunction with Simon Properties - 'Chalkfest,' Wrentham Outlets, Wrentham
Board, Font, Positive, Confirmation
Saturday, October 22: Fitchburg Rotary - 'Roast The Mayor Night'
Fitchburg has a new mayor, Steve DiNatale, and to celebrate his first year in office, Fitchburg Rotary will sponsor a Roast the Mayor Night.
For more information, contact club President Dan Cunnimham at danc1@comcast.net.

Saturday, October 22: Concord - 'Octoberfest'
You’ll hear five live bands, sample food and beer, enter a pie-eating contest, create the best scarecrow, show off hula-hoop skills, jump in the bouncy house, shop craft vendors, visit community organization booths, and more.
For more Information, click here.

Sunday, October 23: Westborough Rotary - 'Trivia Bee'
Westborough Rotary has accepted an invitation from the Westborough Education Foundation to sponsor a team for this Trivia Bee, will provide three Rotarians and an alternate, and hopes to bring back a trophy this year!
For more information, contact club President Gerry Gross at gerrygross@gmail.com.
Rotary Club of Westborough Official Site

Saturday, October 29: Sturbridge Rotary - 'Antique Appraisal Show'
To download the event flyer, click here

Tuesday, November 1: Marlborough Rotary - 'Reality Fair 2016'
Download the Confirmation of Participation form: click here for PDF format; and, click here for Word format

Monday, December 5: Sturbridge Rotary - 'Lottery Ticket Raffle'
 To download the event flyer, click here.


Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco 


You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional GuidelinesIf your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Rotary District 7910 Newsletter. And make sure to add the e-mail address of Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco,  jim.fusco2@gmail.com, to your club's distribution list.


October 3-17, 2016

Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, October 4
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5
5:30–6:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 6

Thursday, October 6 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6
7:00-9:00 p.m.
North High School, Newton
Tuesday, October 11 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Area #1 Team Meeting
Wednesday, October 12
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13 
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, October 15

Monday, October 17

Monday, October 17
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough


Highlights of 'Rotary Leader' Newsletter
Click on each box to go to that section


The Rotary Club of Yola-AUN is located on the campus of the American University of Nigeria, smack dab in the region where Boko Haram is most active.  




Dean Rohrs: '16-'17 RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

New: Her October newsletter is here

District 7910 is one of 20 Districts in Zone 32 and Dean Rohrs is the RI Director for Zones 24 & 32. We want you to be aware that she publishes a newsletter each month titled "Beyond Borders" To read her October newsletter, click here

Sam Owori Selected As 2018-2019 Rotary International President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

Still Time To Register For Zone Institute

Starting Wednesday, September 28
For information, click here

A Letter from '16-'17 RI President John Germ

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Part of moving Rotary forward means providing you and your clubs with the tools you need to succeed. A project that I’m proud to have launched this year is the upgrade of Rotary Club Central. READ MORE

For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.

Young Women In Peru Learn To See A Future In Themselves

In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual partner abuse during their lifetimes. In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.  READ MORE

Rotaract Projects Create Sustainable Change On A Global Scale
Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across East Africa teamed up to help survivors of genocide plant and harvest their own kitchen gardens. The healthy fruits and vegetables help the residents maintain a balanced diet and provides them a sustainable, reliable food source. READ MORE

Campaign To End Polio: What you don't know

When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio. Given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. READ MORE

Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group: June Newsletter
For the  latest WASRAGNewsletter, click here.

What Millennials Love About Rotary

Millennials, an ethnically diverse, fiercely independent generation of digital natives, are doing more than just snapping selfies—they’re looking for a way to make a difference in their communities. For Rotary, the Millennial era could mean an influx of young, energetic members. READ MORE

Get Ready For Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar

The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th year of Doing Good in the World. Take the opportunity to strengthen your district and clubs during your district Rotary Foundation seminar by using resources from centennial.rotary.org.

Go to the Promotional resources tab to download the following Centennial Promotional Kit materials:

  • Ideas and activities for clubs
  • Doing Good in the World promotional flier
  • Doing Good in the World bookmark
  • Sample press release
  • Centennial letterhead
  • Centennial PowerPoint template
  • History of the Rotary Foundation PowerPoint
  • Centennial postcard

Let others know about these materials they can use to promote the Foundation in their clubs and communities. 

Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, click here

New Tools For Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.
The individual assessments, which walk users through evaluation and development of an action plan, include: READ MORE

A How-To Membership Leads Video

Click here for a new video that helps district and club leaders make the most of the recently enhanced Membership Leads resource. It shows how to track a prospective member from the initial membership-leads submission all the way to connection with a local club. It also outlines the role of club and district leaders in the redesigned process, highlighting how their participation will help strengthen membership, and features the new Rotary resources available to support them. Join the conversation in the Membership Best Practices discussion group to tell us how you’re using the new Membership Leads resource to grow and diversify membership.

RI Membership Resource Guide

To download in PDF format, click here

RI Makes Changes In 'Brand Center' Online Tool


Rotary.orgWe hope that you've found Rotary International’s Brand Center a useful tool to create customized logos and brochures - and to tell Rotary's story in a consistent and engaging way.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!

Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District ChairJudy Merrimam
Have you tried Rotary Global Rewards — Rotary International’s new member-benefit program that offers discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment and more? Rotary Global Rewards will make your Rotary membership even more rewarding.

'16-'17 Rotary Theme: 'Rotary Serving Humanity'

To download the image in JPEG format, click here.

Check Out 'Rotary Voices' Blog
Check out Rotary Voices, the official blog of Rotary International. This blog features stories by and about Rotary members, Rotary program alumni, and the people we partner and work with.


Why Should I Go to the Rotary International Convention?

By  Karin Gaffney








Here is why you should attend -  in the words of your fellow District 7910 Rotarian Steve Glines (shown right), an assistant governor from Littleton Rotary, who attended his first RI Convention this past May in Seoul, Korea:

"Imagine a District Conference on steroids," Steve states. "Instead of a single club proudly displaying a poster setup of their contributions to ShelterBox, ShelterBox is there with a booth occupying several hundred square feet (or meters, if you prefer)."


Rotary Leadership Institute in Just 12 Days in Boxborough!
Who should be nominated to attend the Institute courses?
By Doug Detweiler


The Rotary Leadership Institute recommends that candidates should have those qualities that mark them as potential club leaders, not necessarily future presidents. 
Click here to register for RLI on October 15 in Boxborough

PolioPlus Update: October An Important Month For Foundation, PolioPlus
By Carl Good III

October is an important month for both The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus.

Membership Corner: A review of membership best practices from eight of our clubs

By Tom Sturiale

This week’s "Membership Corner" is a review of membership best practices, which was conducted by District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney and Assistant Governor Steve Levitsky of eight Rotary clubs in our district: Brookline, Concord, Fitchburg, Leominster, Newton, Shrewsbury, Watertown, and Westborough


Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!

To order, click here


Foundation Note: Club Qualification Status for Foundation Grants

By Sanjay Deshpande








District 7910 adopted three qualification criteria that its clubs must satisfy in Rotary Year 2016-2017 for being eligible for participation in Foundation grants, which include District Grants (DG) and Global Grants (GG).


Interact Actions: How to launch an Interact club

In Seminar 2 of the District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, held on September 17 in Needham, Bob Anthony, chair of the District Interact Committee, discusses “How to launch an Interact club,” including the certification letter, roles and responsibilities of the president, the Rotary advisor and, in the case of school-based clubs, the faculty advisor.

PR Tips: Get visual

By Laura Spear







Visual content engages the public and media outlets.


Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues

By Jack Hoell







The Rotary International dues bills were e-mailed to the 51 clubs in our District on July 22 and the District dues bills were e-mailed to clubs on July 26. 


Speakers Bureau: Do you need a speaker for your club?
By Steve Levitsky
We have many suggestions for you. Here are just a few:
  • Rwandan genocide: Carine Boggis
  • Elevator-pitch tips: Andy Winig
  • Positive-results hypnosis: Bob Martel
  • Differentiation and game-changing simplicity: Stephen Melanson

District Charity Fund: How does DCF operate?

By Al Bowers







The District Charity Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit that can be used by the Rotary clubs in District 7910. 


Communications Link: Seeking club photo, video albums

By Steve Jones-D'Agostino








Does your District committee or Club have Rotary-related photo and/or video albums that you'd like to share with other Rotarians?


Bandey-Hefler: Having another Week in England!

By Victor Tom


Our District 7910 Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange has been in full swing and receiving rave reviews from all travelers and hosts.




To submit content for consideration for the Monday, October 10 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com


The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, October 7. All text must be in Word format. All images must be in either JPEG or PDF format. Please identify the people, left to right, who are shown in your photos, including their first and last name as well as their club or other title.


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Districts 7890, 7910, 7950 & 7980

April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence

To register now for this "4 Districts, 3 Days, 2 Celebration Dinners, 1 Rotary International President John Germ" event, click here
After you register, be sure to make reservations at the hotel of your choice